Bangladesh heatwave predicted to end Monday with rains

A heatwave is sweeping Bangladesh from the beginning of Bhadro, the first month of autumn, with loo-like winds and the lack of rains has made the conditions oppressive.

Published : 19 August 2018, 04:29 PM
Updated : 19 August 2018, 04:42 PM

The Met Office has forecast rains from Monday will bring cheers to the people roasting in the blistering heat.

Meteorologists say it may rain in most of the days of this week. Bangladesh is set to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on Wednesday.

The Met Office has also asked the maritime ports to hoist local cautionary signal three due to a low over the Bay of Bengal.

Meteorologist Abul Kalam Mollick said mild to moderate heatwave is sweeping over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and the region of Tangail.

“Temperature is dropping as it rained at many places on Sunday. Rain is likely in most of the places, including Dhaka on Monday. Temperature will drop gradually,” he said.

The maximum temperature of the country was recorded at 38.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Dhaka’s maximum temperature was 34 degrees Celsius.

According to Monday’s weather forecast, light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country.

Day temperature may fall slightly and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.

Many of the northern districts are experiencing low voltage and power cuts due to a halt to operations at the Barapukuria power plant in Dinajpur following shortage of coal.

Kurigram-Lalmonirhat Palli Bidyut Samity General Manager Swadesh Kumar Ghosh said they are getting half the demand for 60 megawatt in peak hours.

Thakurgaon Civil Surgeon Abu Md Khairul Kabir said the pressure of patients, especially children and elderly, due to the hot weather has increased at the hospitals.

Farmers have complained of rise in production costs of Amon crops because they need to irrigate the fields many more times than before due to the hot weather.